Dover Canyon Winery
Welcome to Dover Canyon!
Dover Canyon Winery is located on Vineyard Drive in the northwest quadrant of the Paso Robles appellation. Dan Panico, owner and winemaker of Dover Canyon, has long believed that the northwest-running strip of calcareous soil along Vineyard Drive is optimum for growing Zinfandel and Rhône varieties. Our estate vineyard, Tre Noce, features head-pruned, dry farmed zinfandel and stress-irrigated syrah. Our production is focused on small lots of wine, often vineyard designated, from mountainous vineyards in the northwest corner of Paso Robles, centering around the Dover Canyon, Templeton Gap, and Adelaida districts.
The winery name, “Dover Canyon,” comes from a steep east-west canyon that slashes directly through the heart of northwest Paso Robles, bringing us a wind tunnel effect of cool Pacific air every afternoon. The vineyard is named “Tre Noce,” which is Italian for “three walnuts,” in honor of the three remaining trees from the original El Paso de la Robles rancho orchard, of which our property is a tiny portion. A small Dunn wine barn near our 1921 farmhouse serves as wine storage, tasting room and crush pad. The house and crush pad are on a hilltop vectored between the Templeton Gap and Dover Canyon wind tunnels. In the low creek area of our property is an old Diamond walnut processing facility which we have converted to wine storage. This larger building is in the Willow Creek web of small north-south valleys which funnel cool winds from the northern Adelaida range.